The Lucky One Synopsis
A war vet looks for the woman he believes brought him good luck during his tour of duty in Iraq.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Efron, who wears an "All glory is fleeting" tattoo on his back and a soulful look on his face, gets to be more of a grown-up in The Lucky...
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The Lucky One aspires to but never reaches the grandly melodramatic heights of the über-Sparks adaptation "The Notebook," though a...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Lucky One doesn't have the schlock rapture of "The Notebook" (the one Sparks adaptation that has really worked). The trouble with the...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
So the cliches are as thick as a vat of honey. And the love story proves just as syrupy. But for those who lap up this sappy vision of...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The biggest problem, however, comes down to chemistry. If the leads have it, a Sparks romance will work.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Depending on how you feel about Zac Efron, he is either a sensitive hunk or an inexpressive hunk, but definitely a hunk. Unable as I am to...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Seeing her (Schilling) and Efron fumble at each other is like watching a stick of butter and a bag of flour not turn into a cake.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Embalming the simple and simplistic yarn in an amber glow that is all but suffocating and banishing from it any traces of humor and...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Supposedly he's suffered, supposedly there are demons lurking within, but guess what: This is a movie. If we can't see it, it's not there.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Is it the worst of the seven screen Sparks so far? Nope. My vote still goes to 2009's "The Last Song" with Miley Cyrus mothering those...
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By TXmoviemom
I am a HUGE Zac Efron fan, so I will admit, that's why I went to see the movie..but I do LOVE Nicholas Sparks and "The Notebook" is my all time favorite movie. I was instantly drawn into this movie...

pretty good

By susannasmovies
I loved the movie. Granted, it was different from the book...but I've come to expect that with movies. It's definitely a movie for girls, but that's no surprise as it is a Nicholas Sparks book. It's...

Wonderful date movie

By PBPmovielover
I read the original book first and couldn't have imagined the characters or setting any better than what was portrayed in this movie. Zac Efron was wonderful! Very romantic! The type of guy every...


By lvegas
I expected this movie to be good with the cast. It exceeded my expectations!! It was a great story. The story and acting was right on!...

Another successful Nicholas Sparks book to movie conversion

By Darkola
If your a fan of former movies of Nicholas Sparks books, like Dear John, and The Notebook, then you will of course be a fan of this movie. I have not read this book, so I really cant compare the...

Book Lover Surprise

By alixveronica89
The movie was great, but it was (surprise) a lot different from the book! The first scenes from the book that took more time to read through and which were strategically planned out were breezed...

The Lucky One

By 4meandfamily
It was overall a great movie, but for the sex scenes. You could easily leave them out without taking anything away from the movie. It would be fantastic without those scenes. Would I recommend it...

Warm, Romantic And Thoroughly Entertaining.

By Alon Patterson
Not all movies are blockbusters, and sometimes that's a good thing. Now and then slow and steady wins the race too and I think that's a fair analogy for this film. The pace here is easy and...

Great movie!

By Jalynne
I really enjoyed The Lucky One - the storyline was interesting and kept your attention. It was great to see a good movie. I will be buying this movie!...

I loved it!!!!!

By maidtosparkle123
Ok, this movie is not just for chicks. You guys will like it as well. It is another one of the authors story where you think you know the plot but what you don't know is how you get there. A must...

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Rated PG-13 | For For some sexuality and violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Sweet but formulaic love story OK for teen romantics.
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